Remember SpyGate? It was an entire thing after Super Bowl 39, where the New England Patriots were caught videotaping practices of opposing teams, most notably the Philadelphia Eagles, before the Eagles’ 24-21 loss in the game. Well, the Eagles haven’t forgotten it, and they had some tricks of their own before Super Bowl 52.
Eagles long snapper Rick Lovato revealed that the team ran fake walkthroughs at U.S. Bank Stadium, just in case the Patriots were up to anything. Via Pro Football Talk:
McConaughey is a Texas Longhorns fan, too. So why not the Cowboys? He’s got plenty of extremely solid reasons.
I grew up watching westerns with my father; I was always rooting for the Indians instead of the Cowboys, McConaughey said in 2013, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. My favorite food was hamburgers growing up; they had a linebacker, no. 55, Chris Hanburger. And then John Riggins. When you’re 4 years old, that’s why you really commit to a team, for reasons like that. It goes way back.
Kyle Soppe: I spent a good amount of time going back and forth on this one and truly believe I could talk either player up, but my slight lean is toward Antetokounmpo for one reason and one reason only — usage. As good as Towns is, his Timberwolves have the fourth-best record in the West and he ranks No. 98 in usage. That’s not a typo: 98! That’s behind the likes of Tony Parker and Austin Rivers. If Minnesota were struggling and needed to change things up a bit, I’d be all in on KAT being the pick here, but they rank behind only the Warriors and Rockets in offensive efficiency, so I have a hard time seeing much changing for the stretch run.
Antetokounmpo checks in at No. 10 in usage, ahead of Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry. While his range is essentially limited to 16 feet, until the league shows me that they can consistently force him into other shots, I’m assuming that it is humanly impossible to stop The Greek Freak from continuing to score at will.
Neither of these players projects for much regression, so I think your team is in good hands either way. However, when all is said and done, Antetokounmpo is going to be on more championship rosters than Towns.